Virginia 10th District Convention report, pt 5
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I used to have friends who played rugby; I've spent nights in the ER waiting room that made you literally feel the thin line between life and death; I've watched a man bite the head off a live chicken: But none of that - none of that - prepared me for my first Virginia 10th District Republican Convention.
Ok, maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration. But the parliamentary procedures dispute was stimulating.
The problem, in a nutshell, was that the Jim Rich contingent was running the show, the Heidi Stirrup contingent tried to force them to follow parliamentary procedures, and the Rich people were trying to just move the meeting forward. So in the voting to establish a temporary Chair for the Convention and a Secretary, the Stirrup stalwarts were unable to get a word in edgewise.
Although they tried, they certainly tried. Two gentlemen, last names Ferrara and McHugh, from other parts of the state, did yeoman's duty: It ain't easy under Roberts Rules of Order when the Chair won't recognize members who want to speak. Basically all you can do then is yell.
Dmitri was one of the key members on our side of the room attempting to make points of order and, really, just get the Chair to recognize him so he could say something. Thank goodness a few people understood, even with Roberts Rules supposedly in use, you sometimes have to play hardball to have a democratic meeting.
(Through it all, the children just playedâ€¦as though they knew something we didn't.)
I think that Eugene fellow was in there, if I recall correctlyâ€¦.maybe it was somebody else.
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By and by this was all worked out - as they say in the game, rock beats scissors - and then the most wonderful thing happened.
It was time to read the Convention rules! It must have been about 3 pages of legalese and the impact was immediate and overwhelming. It was as though God had said to the angels, "These people are getting out of control. Spray â€˜em down with a hose NOW until they mellow out!"
The reader's blessed monotone had the soporific effect that was undoubtedly the raison d'etre for this portion of the program, and we all cozied into our chairs like good friends on the living room sofa.
It was five full minutes of peace and harmony, and it made me proud to be a Republican.
NEXT: BRINGING OUT THE BIG GUNS
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